The Ardennes Classics. Depending on your point of view, they're either the tail end of the best part of race season, or the very beginning of the interesting stuff. They favor the climbers, but also a strong all-rounder, but most of all they favor the rider who can go hard all day long. The HED Ardennes Plus LT Wheelset follows in the path of its namesake: it's lightweight, yet extremely strong, and is designed to conserve energy for long days in the wind. The Plus designation on this particular wheelset is due to the rims' width; at 25mm, they're definitely at the wider end of normal for road rims, and are best used with 23-25mm or wider tires. This width offers a couple benefits: one, the width spreads the tire more, which, all other things being equal, increases the contact patch and therefore the available traction. Two, air flows more smoothly over a rim/tire combo that's closely matched in width. There's less to run into or overcome, which makes the wheels faster, even at a relatively shallow depth. On top of these benefits, the Plus LT is tubeless-compatible. There aren't a ton of road tubeless tires out there yet, but there are a few, and it's certainly going to be part of the future, so we're glad to see HED looking always forward, like usual.
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